Who knew the poison of ultra-slow mo could taste so good!
Chris Bryan is a 37-year-old filmmaker who, lately, has been the go-to-gal for the Hollywood remake of Point Break. Watch his jet ski angle at Teahupoo here (Screw You GoPro! Jetskis are coming to eat you alive!).
If you were to prise open his camera-safe you would see the finest collection of modern camera technology, including the Phantom Flex 4K, the Phantom Miro M320-S, the Red Epic Dragon and the Red Epic.
Those names ring bells? They’re the tools of a craftsman who only shoots in the sharpest and most pleasurable definition available to mankind.
Today, Chris has released his latest reel, a 26-shot, six-minute, short that might convince anyone who ain’t into the slow-mo game that… yes… there is something to be said for stealing moments at 1000-frames a second.
Me? I hate slow-mo. It kills me. Take me back to the narrative. Slow it down a little, sure, but all those four-minute sections of ultra-slow? Wake me up when we’re back in biz.
But Chris’ short here does something a little different. It’s so well photographed, the viewer is gifted an insight into the minutiae of a difficult tube (Mathews), Meola’s Spindle Fip (a corked rodeo), a John John crimp, Slater falling out of the sky at Pipe (a takeoff Jamie O’Brien says he would’ve made) and a couple of spins that reflect the light at various points of the rotation.
Chris is at pains to point out that he doesn’t just shoot slow-mo, and that he is equipped to record interviews, land, whatever the situation demands. But, still, there is something about shooting at 1000-frames a second that thrills him so.
“Everything is so much more detailed, the pictures are clearer, everything looks more dramatic and if you crop tight it looks more cinematic,” says Chris. “If you tried to explain the Spindle Flip to someone you just couldn’t. But watch it over and over again at a 1000 frames a second and you begin to comprehend.”
He’s right. This is a reel that opens a door that is usually shut.
“The thing with slow-mo is that anyone can do it. You can shoot it on a GoPro, you can shoot it on an iPhone. But it looks totally different when it’s shot properly. You can buy a paintbrush, but it certainly doesn’t make you Picasso.”